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Today's Opinions

  • Thrift shop defends changes

    I am responding to the letter “Thrift Shop Changes Unwelcome.”
    I don’t normally respond to these kinds of comments and just let time settle them. However, I feel accountable to the community and to the people who donate to us. I need to give some factual information and hope that will put this to rest.
    Willing Partners of Galax and Independence still has pictures, wooden shelves, lamps, home decor items, craft items, pillows, blankets and sheets — all displayed for sale.

  • Working against poverty

    With our current economic crisis, I have noticed that many churches in our area do some type of assistance program for people who live in the City of Galax.
    I work at First United Methodist Church of Galax and we have a new ministry “Kid Junction,” which offers assistance for parents.
    We help parents who are struggling financially in our city by providing items for their babies and children up to first and second grade. We provide a variety of clothing, hygiene care items and school supplies.

  • Frustration grows on flooded street

    Most people who live in the Twin Counties will agree: the weather has been tough on us for the past few months.
    Starting at the end of December, we were hit with rain, snow and ice. Some loved the opportunity to snuggle up at home and take a “snow day,” while others hated it because they still had to drive ― and sometimes slide ― to and from work in the slushy muck.
    But even those who fit into the latter were the lucky ones, compared to the residents of Givens Street in Galax.

  • Cicada swarm will have benefits

    This spring, cicadas will emerge along the East Coast after 17 years underground.
    These friendly bugs are causing a lot of buzz — and not just because of the drum-like “love song” that male cicadas make to attract females.
    Cicadas are a boon to the local ecosystem. Cicada nymphs construct chimney-like tunnels as they emerge, naturally aerating the soil even better than earthworms do. The tunnels remain, allowing more water to reach trees’ roots.

  • We are living in a violent society

    In dedication and in memory of a sheriff in West Virginia and a 35-year veteran of the Virginia State Police who were brutally killed while sitting in their patrol cars.
    In our violent society, losers continue to take lives of the ones who protect and serve the public. If this isn’t bad enough, an evil heart is now going after court officials and firefighters.
    The scumbags of the earth who don’t have a life. They live in misery and have respect for nothing. They take their spite out on authorities, children and elderly.

  • Sheriff recognizes emergency dispatchers

    By Carroll County Sheriff John B. Gardner

  • Put downtown Galax ideas into action

    The Galax City Council recently viewed the results of a survey of the downtown area conducted by RKG Associates. Over the course of several months, they carefully studied the area to pinpoint its strengths and weaknesses, and determined what could be done to spike the interests of both tourists and residents.
    Studies revealed that the area has a great foundation, with a rich history of art and music that draws in tourists from all over the world.

  • Friendly business commended

    How nice!
    In today’s atmosphere of rush, rush, rush and “me-ism,” I have to say how nice it is to belong to a bank where I’m not just a number on a computer!
    The employees are helpful, kind and really care. When I have a question, they are knowledgeable and I understand the answer.
    I also have an up-to-the-minute, online statement that is easy to understand and is accurate.
    While grocery shopping, they wave and smile, and it makes me feel comfortable knowing they are there. Unusual!
    Diane Dutlinger